HIMELSPACH LISTENS TO CONCERNS IN HD 6 VACANCY APPOINTMENT

VOWS TO STRENGTHEN DEMOCRATIC PARTY AND LET ALL PRIMARY VOTERS DECIDE

Friday, January 31 – Dan Himelspach, a husband, father, and community advocate with over 45 years in East
and Central Denver announced today that he will not participate in the Democratic House District 6 vacancy
appointment where a handful of Democratic activists will determine who will fill Sen. Chris Hansen’s former
house seat. Himelspach and his supporters will continue to vigorously campaign for the June 30th primary
election.

Himelspach said, “I respect the work of the people on the vacancy committee and our most committed party activists. I am honored to have the support of so many of them and hope more will join our grassroots campaign. But voters are deeply concerned the vacancy appointment process is not reflective of a strong democracy – or the values of the Democratic Party.”

Colorado has the highest number of unelected legislators in the country. Throughout House District 6, many Democratic primary voters have expressed concern that the vacancy process could undermine voter participation in a critical year for Democrats fighting to defeat Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Cory Gardner.

Over 12% of legislators currently serving in Colorado were appointed to their seats by a vacancy committee. Carolyn Schrader, a longtime Democrat in House District 6 said, “I understand the vacancy process and do not think it’s helpful to our party or whomever is selected. Dan has been a Democrat all his life and I support him. I applaud his move to let all Democratic Primary voters choose our nominee in June.”

Dan Himelspach and his wife, Former Judge Leslie Lawson have been married for 35 years and have two children together – Mariah (27) and Jonathan (26). After serving in the U.S. Army, Dan received his law degree from the University of Denver College of Law. He has served 30 years as a mediator and also started a family- owned business that provides innovative products to brain researchers all over the world.

Himelspach has garnered the support of former HD 6 Denver City Council members Cathy Donohue and Ed Thomas, in addition to Denver City Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer. “I am proud to support Dan Himelspach to serve East and Central Denver. He listens and understands the voice of our community. He will be a fierce advocate for us in the State House,” said Denver Councilwoman Amanda Sawyer.

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